Cape Town has been voted as the second favourite holiday city in the world by more than 19 000 UK Guardian and Observer readers. The Mother City ranked 7th last year, and has made a fantastic leap to follow Sydney, as the favourite overseas city, into second place. New York, San Francisco and Berlin followed as 3rd, 4th and 5th favourite overseas cities.
South Africa did less well on the vote for favourite long-haul overseas country, especially with the 2010 World Cup coming up, and was not included in the top 5 list of New Zealand, Cambodia, Chile, Vietnam and Japan.
Switzerland, Norway, Austria, Sweden and Italy were the top five European countries voted for by the British readers.
Swiss was voted the best short-haul airline, and Singapore Airlines the best long-haul and best business airline. Silversea Cruises won the best cruise line vote. Eurostar was voted the best train company. Taj Hotels won the best international hotel vote – a Taj Hotel is due to open in Cape Town soon.
In the “Ethical travel award category”, Bulungula Lodge in the Eastern Cape won second place. It is located on the Wild Coast, and was one of the first Fair Trade accredited lodges, and runs on solar power, reports sagoodnews.co.za. www.kayak.com won the vote for the best travel website.
The full list of awards can be read here.
Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio www.whalecottage.com